Use Both Hands
August 10, 2010 § 15 Comments
I’ve always wanted to write a blog post about incomers & white settlers, the preponderance of non-local island bloggers and examine the critical sociological questions of this period in Lewis history. Questions such as why is it when you hear that a llama trekking business has started up you know it’s going to be run by a hippy “artist” who has just moved to the island..?
There’s very much a love/hate relationship between both parties involved in this “issue” but it very rarely gets discussed, except, in my experience, behind closed doors. Anyway at some point I fancy taking on the elephant in the room just for the hell of it and provoking a good debate.
But not today.
Instead I encourage you to check out my friend’s increasingly more prolific blog North Atlantic Drift, one white-settling, non-local, low down dirty incomer’s savvy and amusing take on Lewis life. He recently took a stab at the subject stating:
In some instances, incomers onto the island are called “white settlers”. I have never been certain whether this is a reference to many who arrive with grey hair or whether it is because they behave like colonialists. Or both? Whatever the case, incomers are forever incomers in the eyes of a Lewisian, Leohasach. I heard from Professor Feb. S. Burns. He has his own theory: God — in whom this island’s population largely trust and some devoutly so — may have sent us incomers purely to amuse the native Gaels.
Anyway, bookmark the blog and enjoy.
(And thankfully there’s not a llama to be seen. Yet.)